Follow @IronPigsWhen the Columbus Clippers, Syracuse Mets and Charlotte Knights make their way into Coca-Cola Park this season, fans will see familiar faces in the first-base dugout. Former IronPigs players Andy Tracy and Brian Schneider will be managing Columbus and Syracuse, while former IronPigs assistant coach Wes Helms will be
When the Columbus Clippers, Syracuse Mets and Charlotte Knights make their way into Coca-Cola Park this season, fans will see familiar faces in the first-base dugout. Former IronPigs players Andy Tracy and Brian Schneider will be managing Columbus and Syracuse, while former IronPigs assistant coach Wes Helms will be managing Charlotte. These formal announcements by each club were recently announced.
Andy Tracy will be leading the Clippers this season after being hired by the Cleveland Indians organization last season. He was the Clippers' Hitting Coach in 2019.
The Bowling Green, Ohio native is no stranger to Coca-Cola Park. The former IronPig first baseman played for the team from 2008-2010. Tracy is the franchise record-holder in career home runs (69), RBI (261) and walks (207) after suiting up for 378 games over the team's first three seasons. The 2009 and 2010 International League midseason All-Star is one of just two Pigs all-time to appear in multiple "midsummer's classics" and was the first Pig to appear in a Home Run Derby (2009-2010).
Once Tracy retired from his playing days after the 2011 season, he spent seven years coaching for the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He spent one season managing the Williamsport Crosscutters before becoming the minor-league hitting coordinator.
Northampton High School graduate Brian Schneider will be managing the Syracuse Mets in 2020 after spending the last six years as a coach in the Miami Marlins' system. He was the Marlins' Catching Coach on the major league staff from 2016-2019 after managing the Jupiter Hammerheads in 2014 and 2015. Schneider was a catcher for 13 years in the major leagues between the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. During his time with the Phillies, Schneider played a three-game rehab stint with the IronPigs during the 2010 season.
In his interscholastic days, Schneider was named the area's Player of the Year in both 1994 and 1995. Over the course of his high school career for Northampton, he hit .427, with 22 doubles and 11 home runs while setting a school record with 91 runs batted in. As a senior, he had a .484 batting average.
Former IronPigs assistant coach Wes Helms returns to the International League after managing the Double-A Birmingham Barons in 2019. He was with the IronPigs during the 2018 season as their Bench Coach. Helms spent parts of 13 seasons in the majors with the Braves (1998, 2000-02), Milwaukee Brewers (2003-05), Florida Marlins (2006, 2008-11), and Philadelphia Phillies (2007). He compiled a career batting average of .256 with 694 hits, 75 home runs, and 374 RBIs over 1,212 big league games.
Tracy's Clippers will visit Coca-Cola Park on June 2-4. Schneider and the Syracuse Mets will be in town May 19-21, June 26-28 and Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. The Charlotte Knights and Wes Helms will visit for one series Aug. 14-16.
The 2020 IronPigs season is the team's 13th at Coca-Cola Park. Follow the IronPigs on Twitter at @IronPigs and like them on Facebook via Facebook.com/LHVIronPigs.
The 2020 IronPigs season is presented by Capital BlueCross.